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Friday Randoms – Insane Bikes From The History Books

My good friend and canon hoarder Sir William Evans of The West fired over this really cool article about vintage contraptions. With today being a Friday and this article being completely random we borrowed their content and rehashed it with a thick slice of so called humour. Thats journalism for ya….. Kind of! Have a great weekend.

Oldreive’s tricycle. Imagine trying to true that wheel! What a headache. Source: Library Of Congress


Back in 1885 S. T. Hachenberger wanted to create this masterpiece. Bikes riding along telephone wires. It never got off the ground! Image: Three Lions/Getty Images

Ten years later Langmark and Stuef of California come up with a way better idea. Kind of… Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Complete nut job from 1896. Fair play though, this is crazy as well as being both novel and thrilling. Source: Donaldson Lith. Co./Library Of Congress

Note the windshield on the chaps bike following the pacemaker motorcycle. These fellas are German, so you know this race is serious and they’ll clearly win with ease. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Sean Burns’ Great Granddad? It’s easily possible. 1901, what a crowd. Source: Frederick W. Glasier/Library Of Congress

1902 and we’ve got the mother of all curved walls going down. I’d pay to watch this, no worries about that. Source: Detroit Publishing Co./Library Of Congress

Save your legs and put a sail on it. Good form of advertising your hotel too. Not so good when it comes to watching where you’re going though. Source: Detroit Publishing Co./Library Of Congress

1905 and this is completely crazy…. Diavolo dropping the ultimate loop. Source: G. Fred Mathiessen/Library Of Congress

Mae Gordon’s moving pedestal. The ultimate balance master from 1905. Source: Library Of Congress

The comfortable bike came with a steering wheel instead of handlebars. Nothing comfy about riding on cobbles, steering wheel or not buddy. Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France

Water bike contest from 1914. Wonder if they had a high hop? Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France

And you though fat tyres were a modern invention right? 1930 to be precise. Image: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

More 1930’s goodness. When in doubt, stick a rocket on it! Image: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images

Model bicycle with wings. Good idea but I can’t see it taking off. Image: E. Bacon/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

From a model to this. Maybe the idea did take off. Image: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

This was designed to help solve transport problems in the 1920’s. Not sure what the remedy had been for the potential bad back. Source: Library Of Congress

This actually looks class. B G Bowden with his aerodynamic bike from 1935. Image: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images

 

 

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